Go to El mirrador for a fantastic vieuw of the city by night. You will find some people there doing the same thing, probably with their cars parked behind them, all doors open and music really loud. IThere is a grass area where you can sit on. t's the ideal place for a (romantic?) night pick-nick!
I just received a tip that "El Mani" (the peanut) is a great Salsa club. The best night is Thursdays and usually has great live music -this place was apparently featured in a Venezuelan movie, and is supposed to be an old building. Atmosphere! Anyway, i´m going tomorrow night so we´ll see how it goes....
On my first night in Caracas I ventured out of the hotel and took a cab to Centro de San Ignacio. The place is like an open air mall, shops that are open during the day, and clubs/lounges that are open at night. There was a lot of security, and we never felt as though we were in any danger. Just friendly people out to have a good time.
We went to Vintage, which is on the top floor of the mall. I don't recall a cover charge to get in, and the place was very clean and trendy, with absolutely stunning girls everywhere. Granted, this was my first evening in S. America, but my friend (a female) and I were completely blown away by the girls at this club. They have great fruit drinks (with alcohol of course) at a good price, and the crowd and staff was very friendly. It seemed like there were lots of students from the local colleges. Great music, live DJ, and a solid first night on the town.
Dress Code: Just nice casual clothing. Nothing fancy, but you won't look out of place in a jacket.
Pleasing to residents and visitors, Caracas Hotels and restaurants provide an international cuisine thanks to the multi-ethnic population.
Dining out is a popular entertainment, and caraqueños enjoy a multitude of restaurants,including Spanish, French, Arab and Chinese food as well as local favorites such as Arepas, Pabellón, Mondongo and Cachapa and grilled dishes at parrilleras for a Parrillada Mixta.
You'll find recipes for some of these favorites in these Recipes from Venezuela.
Dress Code: Not for delicate appetites, these mixed grills are hard to resist
No matter where you travel in Latin America, you'll find grilled meat, carne asada, on the menu. Seafood and poultry are also grilled at parrillas, restaurants specializing in grilled foods.
Particularly popular in Argentina and Colombia, the mixed grill called Parrillada Mixta can be any combination of meats and poultry. In Brazil, the churrascaria rodizio is tremendously popular. Rather than ordering a set combination of meats, diners select from the grilled meats brought around the restaurant on large skewers. When they can eat no more, they turn their table token from the yes to the no side.
A Parrillada Mixta del Mar is a mixed seafood grill served with garlic butter or Tartar sauce.
In Argentina, the meat is often grilled at the table, and includes various cuts of steak, lamb, pork, sausages, sweetbreads, and internal organs not often found on US menus.
Some of the items used are:
falda - skirt steak
matambre - flank steak
chorizo - spicy sausage
salchicha - long, thin, slightly less spicy sausage
higado - liver
riñones - kidneys
mollejas - sweetbreads
ubre - udder
chinchulin - lower intestine
asado de tira - short rib steak
bife de costilla- T-bone steak
bife de chorizo - rib roast steak
lonjas de carne de res
lonjas de carne de cerdo
The meat is cooked in huge cuts on a spit over fire, and sections cut by the grill chef, or asador, to be finished to taste, either in the kitchen or at the diner's table on a portable grill.
Caracas it characterize by the night life, a lot of places thing to do. Dancing, drinking, eating, theater, movies etc…..Here is a link to a web page were you can see what is going on in Caracas for the weekends
The Centro Commercial. San Ignacio gives you dozens of options, whether is is a relaxex lounge, a salsa & merengue nightclub, or a bar you are looking for.
As everything is in the same complex, it is perfect to go barhopping from one place to another.
Some of the places I liked are the Whiskey bar, and a buddha bar kind of lounge whose name I forgot
Oh... wonderful and safe night activity: stay at your friends' house, with spectacular windows on a fifth floor, and just watch the city's lights from there. I have never seen something like that! Maybe the city from the Seven Turns hill at Florianópolis can give you an idea, but this is... wow, better than Río de Janeiro.
Too bad many of those lights come from very poor urban sectors....
Dress Code: Oh, you can wear your pajamas! :-)
After a long night in a nightclub, dancing, wedding and drinking too much............
The typical local custom is to go to an AREPERA (place that sell arepas cachapas etc...) to eat
Yes at 4:00am you will find non spot to seat since all people there.
They are open 24 hour and they are safe, some of them that you should go EL BUDARE, EL GRANGERO DEL ESTE, LA CASA DEL LLANO
Note: If you do not know what is a Arepa please check my Venezuelan typical food AREPA
Dress Code: No dress code needed
They offer daily promotions under a decoration style African forest with incredible sofas of zebra and tiger, heads in the wall and details. It has also a outdoor atmosphere of diversion and good music.
A good atmosphere with drinks Martini or Cosmopolitan to give distinction to the place
Dress Code: Casual / Informal
We go to a the cafe Rajatable which is next door to the teresa Carenno teatre, I wouldn't advise going here without Venezuelan friends, but it is a great experience. The scene is all art students from UCV, theater people,grung musicians, and dancers, which was pretty much my crowd in college. I was too overdressed as I was prepared to go to San Ignacio later. Rajatabla was a crazy place with everyone smoking weed and dancing their asses off. And we all know that nobody parties like the blue collar kids. They play the best music of any club in Caracas with a mix of hip hop, hip hop mixed to salsa beats, hip hop salsa, spanish funk, and reggetton. I would recommend this place to anyone provided you are young, look like you could somewhat fit in or else you could have alot of unwanted attention.
Dress Code: Venezuelan casual
San Ignacio which is the best place in Caracas to hang out. The best two clubs are Loft and Vintage. I also went to Guzanos y Ranos, which reminds me of a college bar. The Mamis in these two places will blow you away. Ialso went to Guzanos y Ranos, which reminds me of a college bar.
This whole area reminds of of Buckhead in Atlanta.
Dress Code: hip and trendy
You shouldn't miss "Centro San Ignacio" in the urbanizacion (neighborhood) "La Castellana" . You'll find the best night life in town there.
There are also great restaurants all around La Castellana and Altamira, two "urbanizaciones" that are side by side.
Another place you should go is "Plaza Las Americas", very nice too, although it's filled with high school and college students (Centro San Ignacio is more "adult").
Other places to go at night are "El Hatillo" (a small town near Caracas) urbanizacion "Las Mercedes" (be careful here, it's not very safe) and urbanizacion "Los Palos Grandes" . Go to this last one especially if you love sushi, since it has a lot of vey neat japanese restaurants.
Nightclub blaze in Caracas
A fire ripped through a packed basement nightclub in downtown Caracas early on Sunday, killing 47 people, most of them suffocated by smoke in what was one of the deadliest blazes in Venezuela's recent history.
Witnesses described scenes of panic as several hundred revellers stampeded for the exit trying to escape choking clouds of toxic smoke which filled the downstairs Goajira bar and nightclub in Caracas' Baralt Avenue.
Eight people were taken to hospital with burns and around 20 were treated for the effects of smoke.
"They were climbing all over each other to get out. The flames were amazing. They were carrying out bodies all night," said Rafael Chacon, a 19-year-old student who lives opposite the club.
The fire occurred a day before political opponents of President Hugo Chavez were set to stage a general strike to pressure the leftist leader to hold an early referendum on his rule in the world's No. 5 oil exporter.
"Unfortunately, we have 47 victims dead," Caracas Fire Chief Rodolfo Briceno told reporters. Of those who died, 32 were men and 15 women.
He said it was too early to say what caused the blaze.
But some reports from witnesses said the fire broke out after a fight between patrons over a woman inside the nightclub, one of dozens located a few blocks from the Miraflores presidential palace in the seedy downtown area.
"It was all very quick. I was pulled out, but others were trapped," said 20-year-old Marilin, who worked at the bar.
"This was a hell of a blaze. There was tons of smoke. Whoever was trapped inside got burned. It was a miracle that anyone escaped," street seller Jairo Silva, who witnessed the blaze, said. "The place was always full Saturdays," he added.
Caracas sleeps only on Monday nights; beginning on Tuesday the intensity of the capital's partying gradually increases, peaking on Saturday when the whole population seems to be out on the town.
Unlike their North American counterparts, Caraqueños start dancing the salsa and merengue at a tender age, and the proliferation of dance clubs and music venues testifies to this abiding passion. As in much of Latin America, the nightlife doesn't really get swinging until after midnight. Las Mercedes, reminiscent of Mexico City's Zona Rosa, is packed with street cafés, fast-food outlets, restaurants, and dance clubs; the district is especially energetic on Fridays and Saturdays. Although Caracas is a casual sort of town, clubs typically require that men wear jackets.
Professional theater, as well as classical and popular-music concerts, are popular nighttime diversions. For current listings, pick up a copy of the English-language newspaper Daily Journal, available at most newsstands.
Lots of Nightlife in Caracas!!! Many places depending on the types of music or atmosphere you are looking for!
Dress Code: Everyone dresses up to go out dancing at a club, but there are places more laid back where jeans are fine.